Winemaker Kevin Law is one of the outstanding craftsmen who is affectionately known as a "garagista." That's because he basically makes wine in what is considered a garage. It's not really a garage. It's a cinder block building in Lompoc, referred to as the wine ghetto.
It all started about 20 years ago when several winemakers started renting space in commercial buildings instead of building fancy wineries and tasting rooms. Most of them didn't have the financial resources, but they did have the talent, and renting a nuts-and-bolts building was the only way they could make it work.
The beauty of this operation is that the money goes into the wine, not into the building. Kevin sources the best grapes that Santa Barbara has to offer to make the best wine he can.
In this case, the grapes came from Riverbench Vineyards in Santa Maria, one of the most sought-after vineyards in California. It's called Riverbench because it literally sits on what used to be a river. The leftover sea matter that lies in the soil presents one of the best conditions for growing grapes.
It certainly shows here. With 10 months of aging in new and used French oak, the wine has incredible depth and concentration of sweet/tart cherry mixed with spice, vanilla and cotton candy. The finish is mesmerizing, depositing flavor after flavor on the palate that seems to last forever.
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